"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing —
to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from —
my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing,
all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back."

~C.S. Lewis

Monday, June 17, 2013

[Guest Post] The Tail of a Kite, by Jackie Sommers

Jackie Sommers is a wonderful friend and an excellent writer, and most of all, she is one of the rare people who I know longs for Narnia in the same way I do. For that reason, I asked her to write a guest post on Narnia, which I have the pleasure of revealing here.

His bookshelves are stocked with logic and reason,
though he longs always for the fairytales.

And when they arrive, he knows by their eyes
and by their strong backs—the posture of kings—
that the page is finally opening to chapter two. 

The above is just a quick drabble of mine as I stopped to think about the life of Professor Digory Kirke of The Chronicles of Narnia. I find myself doing this a lot, imagining life and love and transitions outside of the written Narnia canon. How, I wonder, did the Pevensies adjust to British boarding schools after ruling a kingdom? What’s Cor and Aravis’s love story? We see so much of Caspian X’s early life, but we know that adulthood dealt him a hard hand—how did he manage?

And Digory Kirke. The boy responsible for ushering evil into an unspoiled world. I think of his life in the years after the fight at the lamp-post. When he moved to the big house in the country, how often did he pause to wonder what was happening in Narnia? When Polly came for visits in the holidays, did they speak of it in whispers? With such a short glimpse at the introduction, was it years before he gave up all hope of ever learning the story’s climax?

He might have guessed it would arrive with the children, whom fairytales cling to like the tail of a kite.

Jackie Lea Sommers (@jackieleawrites) is a Narnia geek who even has a life-size diorama in her living room wardrobe. She writes an awful lot of stories, posts, and poems at www.jackieleasommers.com and is the founding editor of Crux Literary Journal